But that was not the original image they used. They started with a doctored photo and then changed to the undoctored version later in the day. Can you see what they did to the image below?
USA Today had this to say:
'Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.'
The photo didn't meet their standards but was used anyway. Hmmm. I am not buying it. Especially since I discovered that had they not been caught they would have gone the other way and used this doctored photo.
Good thing people were paying attention.
HAt Tip: Cutting Edge of Ectasy